Summer Getaways: Santa Barbara, California

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Elencanto (from $525), a 1918 hotel that once attracted Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, reopened in March with 92 palatial bungalows set on a hill outside the city. The property has a lot to offer—private patios, gardens, views of the coast, electric bikes for zipping to nearby trailheads—but the best part is the nearby Santa Barbara Sailing Center, which allows Encanto guests to sail for a half-day or a full day at special rates. Do yourself a favor and stay on the water for sunset, which lacquers the Santa Ynez Mountains in orange.

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